Here’s a list of the things that I’ve made, in roughly chronological order . . .
– A skinny version of Kate Gilbert’s Clapotis, made for myself with Lorna’s Laces Lion & Lamb Multi in the Tahoe colorway. This is one of the first things I’ve made, start to finish, with myself in mind. I made it not as a learning challenge (like my recent socks) but purely because I wanted the scarf.
– The Frost Flowers & Leaves shawl by Eugen Beugler for A Gathering Of Lace. I made this shawl for Glamorous – she picked out the pattern herself – and I posted a complete postmortem including all the technical details and many more photos here.
– Two-at-once, toe-up socks, based on Wendy’s generic toe-up sock guidelines. The socks are made with the (sadly) now discontinued Knit Picks Parade. I created a tutorial for the two-socks-on-one-circular technique here.
– A baby bonnet in Knit Picks Swish Superwash from a simple pattern I found here — minus the anime face and the ears, this was a quick and easy knit that used less than a ball of yarn but still made the mom-to-be get all teary-eyed.
– A few of the baby burp cloths that I made slightly smaller so they could be discloths for Mom, based on the Mason-Dixon Knitting pattern. I used one ball per cloth of Peaches N Creme in three of their Ombre colorways: Fiesta Ombre, Mardi Gras, and Pink Lemonade.
– A Log Cabin baby blanket in Knit Picks Swish Superwash from the instructions in the wonderful book Mason-Dixon Knitting. The Baron’s
pregnant sister-in-law has the most elegant and outlandish sense of color. She’s painted her entire barn/living room lime green, and it looks fantastic. In honor of her second baby, I made up a log cabin blanket in several bold shades of swish.
– Norbert the Dragon from Knitty in Knit Picks Crayon. The pattern is actually called Norberta and is supposed to make a girl dragon, but my dragon was definately a boy dragon. It seems pretty ridiculous to split hairs over gender definitions for a handmade stuffed animal. Really, getting away from the labels that our commercial culture forces on things like “toys” is a big part of the reason I like knitting gifts. So ok, maybe the dragon is trans-gendered. Who knows. The important thing is that The Baron’s adorable four-year-old nephew is obsessed with dragons like I am obsessed with yarn, and since his little brother got a congratulations-on-being-born blanket, it seemed only fair that he should get a present too.
– A baby sweater for a friend’s one-year-old daughter, made from Knit Picks Swish Superwash from the Baby Bees sweater pattern. The sleeves on this puppy came out WAY too long, but that’s the thing about babies, they grow. In this photo she’s two, and you can see that the sweater still doesn’t quite fit her.
– The Meadow Flowers Shawl from Knitter’s Stash in Rowan Kidsilk Haze. I bought two light blue balls of Kidsilk Haze in London and when a friend asked me to be a bridesmaid for her wedding, they called out to me to be made into a “something blue” for her. I worked the shawl in Rowan Kidsilk Haze and it was my first experience with Mohair — I loved the yarn except for the one time I had to rip back, at which point I almost had to toss the whole ball because I got so frustrated by the heinous tangle that ensued. I made peace with the mohair eventually, but I’m not sure I’d rush to work with it again. The finished shawl came off the needles about five minutes before I gave it to her, and she wore it unblocked to her rehearsal dinner. Of course, I quietly bore my shame in silence . . .
– Two novelty yarn scarves: one for The Baron’s mother, who taught me to knit, and one for my roommate, who puts up with piles of yarn all over our apartment. I combined novelty yarns with alternating colors of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes for a funky look. Fugly? Perhaps. But you have to find some way to use that cool novelty yarn . . .
– Plain socks in a beautiful multi-colored (but mostly purple) wool for my mom. The socks are photographed, with a few other knitted items, at the bottom of this page. For my second pair of socks, I worked from the toe up and again struggled against lopsidedness. But at least this time the foot lengths were roughly about the same.
– The Icarus Shawl from the Summer 2006 Interweave Knits. I made this for my mom in yarn she picked out: Mountain Colors Bearfoot in Pheasant. We went to a fantastic yarn store in Ashland, Oregon called Web-sters, where mom found the yarn. It was like paradise — I suggest stopping by if you are ever in the area!
– The Streakers Shrug by Pam Allen from Spring 2006 Interweave Knits. Interweave Knits Spring 2006, for my old Roomie-kins. Really, this should not be called a finished project, because I think the whole thing came out a few sizes too big for her. I keep hoping she’ll bring it back to me so I can take some length off the back and make it actually fit her.
– A felted bag for my glamorous sister made with Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. The bag came out beautifully, except for the handles, which were noticeably 1) too long and 2) different lengths. I tried to wrap more yarn around them and re-felt, but that just made it worse. After completing this bag, I took a break from felting for a while.
– Clapotis by Kate Gilbert from Knitty. I managed to purl every stitch backwards, so that the entire thing came out wonky — the twisted stitches were in the middle of the columns, while the regular stitches bordered the edges. Even so, my mom insists she “loves” this shawl. I can’t wait until I can find the perfect yarn and have a chance to tackle this project again.
– The Heart Scarf by Stephannie Roy from the special Knitty Supplement, which I knit for my stepmom. I used the suggested Blizzard yarn in pink on my #11 bamboo needles, and boy were my wrists sore by the end.
– Shining Star hat by Kate Gilbert for my glamorous younger sister in Andean Silk yarn from Knit Picks (the color is Bluebell). She is such a badass that she wore it to the Sundance Film Festival along with a brand new pair of Uggs. A few months later, I made another Shining Star in a deep red for my mom (see below).
And finally, you can learn all about my Early Knitting Adventures by clicking here.
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